Holocaust Memorial Day

This week I signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to pledge my commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honour those who died during the Holocaust. Friday January 27th will mark the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination

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Contribution to Food Poverty Debate

Read my contribution to the Opposition Day Debate on Food Prices and Food Poverty, referencing the Oldham Foodbank. The entire debate is available on the parliamentary website here. Is my hon. Friend aware that in Oldham a food bank has been established for the first time? That was in the paper

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Enterprise zones won’t help Oldham’s unemployed

New unemployment figures released on 18 January show a shocking rise of 106% for Oldham’s 18-24 year olds claiming Job Seekers Allowance for longer than 6 months.  This is bound to have a damaging effect on our young people and is a result of this government’s lack of action. Labour has been

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It’s Big Energy Week 16th – 21st January 2012

Yes it’s Big Energy Week 2012! Many of you across the constituency are telling me that big hikes in energy prices are a real worry and you are looking for ways to cut costs. During Big Energy Week charities, consumer groups, energy companies, switching sites, and Ofgem are working

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1M use ‘Payday’ loans to pay their rent or mortgage

I was shocked to read research from Shelter that estimates almost one million people across the UK have taken out a payday loan to help pay their rent or mortgage in the last 12 months. Their survey also reveals that almost seven million people in total are relying on credit in some form to

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Spread the warmth this Christmas

The ‘true spirit’ of Christmas can mean different things to different people. For me it’s certainly about the warmth of family and friends and taking time to reflect on the past year as it comes to a close. My 2011 has been a year of great excitement and challenges as I took my seat in […]

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Season’s Greetings

Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year   My office will be closed from lunchtime on Thursday 22 December 2011 to Tuesday 3 January 2012.   If you have an extremely urgent matter please leave a message on 020 7219 1041.  Please note that voice mails will only be accessed

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London Bombings (inquest)

On 12 December I raised a question in Parliament on the Government’s implementation of the report of the coroner inquest into the London bombings of 7 July 2005.   You can read the transcript below. Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth) (Lab):What progress she has made on

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Constituency and Westminster update

  Hello, I thought I’d give you a brief update on what I’ve been up to in the constituency and in Westminster during the last few weeks. In the constituency I have been carrying on my work developing a ‘constituency strategy’. So far I have held ten different round-table meetings with

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Parliamentary Speech on the National Health Service

On 26 October I spoke in the House of Commons on the National Health Service complete with interventions from other members.  It is always a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich (Dr Poulter). I do not want to impugn his integrity, or to suggest that what he

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